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president obama is doing the right thing in protecting the people of egypt on their desired road to democracy. that's "hardball" now. thanks for being with us. the last word with lawrence o'donnell starts now. >>> on the first day of black history month, president obama finds himself in the middle of struggles for rights. the right to democracy in egypt and the right to health care here at home. >> i believe health care is a right and not a privilege. >> that's wrong. it's unconstitutional. >> a judge ruling the health care reform unconstitutional. it's about rights. >> states have rights. >> he wrote quote, the act, like a defectively watch needs to be resigned. >> buying stuff can be regulated. but, if i am not buying anything, how can you regulate me for not doing anything? >> republicans are calling it proof that the law is massive overreach. the requirement, this bill falls. what about other mandates? is it against the law to be required to have automobile insurance? >> the president did not want to return to last year's fights. we'll have the supreme court decision on healt
regime, hundreds have violently died. president obama says it must end. >> the suffering and bloodshed is outrageous and unacceptable. so are threats and orders to shoot peaceful protesters. >> the key parts of the country slipping out of government control, thousands flee. welcome to "bbc world news," broadcast on pbs in america and around the globe. coming up later, hundreds still missing, the search efforts continue following new zealand's powerful earthquakes. >>> the crisis in libya is becoming increasingly volatile. that are reports up to 600 dead and the army being used against its own people. chaos on libya's borders with thousands of fleeing the feared bloodbath. president obama described the violence as outrageous. he said his administration was looking at a full range of options for dealing with the crisis. >> we strongly condemn the use of violence in libya. the american people send our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of all who have been killed and injured. the suffering and bloodshed is outrageous and unacceptable. so are threats and orders to shoot pea
president obama's birth certificate was over, you haven't been paying attention. new state legislation, tonight a montana lawmaker says fe has no idea if president obama was born in america. >>> trying to keep iran's oppressive rulers honest as they try to crush their uprising at home. we begin with the brutal crackdown in iran and the courage of a protester speaking out. a voice the government of iran wants to silence. a voice belonging to a young woman who is risking her life tonight to get her message out to you. we're calling her sarah. her fellow pro-tess sors have been arrested. at least one is dead, shot by iranian government agents, shot by a government that is as brutal as hypocritical. if you what about to see what the iranian government is like, what its parliament is like, take a look at this. they're chanting death to two main opposition leaders in iran. that is the iranian parliament chanting for the death of two iranians, baying for blood. can you imagine american lawmakers doing that, being led in their chants by a religious figure? it's hard to imagine this. in iran, h
. >>> happening now, president barack obama says he's eager to have an adult conversation about overspending. we're deciphering the main messages of his surprise news conference. >>> plus, death chants by iranian lawmakers. they are trying to snuff out anti-government protests by calling for the execution of some opposition leaders. >>> and after months of scandal, italy's prime minister now facing trial on sex and abuse of power charges. we have an exclusive interview with a woman who is being investigated for hooking him up with young women. wolf blitzer is off today. i'm jessica yellin. you're in "the situation room." >>> president obama faced reporters today after enduring 24 hours of mostly bad reviews about his new budget blueprint. he used a hastily called news conference to defend his spending plan as well as his response to the revolution in egypt, and he laid down some new markers for his next two years in office. our senior white house correspondent ed henry was there. ed, the president seemed pretty defensive today. >> reporter: he was a little defensive in dealing with the situation
. generally high marks for the obama administration during what happened in egypt and as that was playing out, former bush defense secretary paul wolf owe wots says he thinks the u.s. should be providing humanitarian aid support, where does this leave the obama administration? >> i think that the obama add minute strigs is where they've been. they're being very caution here to not get out in front of this too much, to sort of allow it time to play out. but i think on this question of humanitarian aid, when you talk to experts they say that's not really what's needed right now. this is a country that has resources. if you wanted to bring in humanitarian aid, the actual challenge here is one of access. it would be virtually impossible to get resources into the country at this moment. so we'll continue to watch it play out. >> alicia, thank you. carl bernstein, rick lazio, thank you. we have a lot more to talk about this morning. >>> i want to check in on wall street where stocks are plunging and oil prices are soaring on this growing unrest in libya. cnbc's becky quick joins me. what's happenin
attention. megyn: thank you. did the obama administration betray our closest ally? a look at a property that the u.s. gave british nuclear secrets to russia. and the first lady would like to fight obesity. does she have the right to tell you how much you can eat at your favorite restaurant? the new push from the white house and the controversy. a 33-year-old woman gains national attention for this hateful attack against a dying child and her family. nancy grace joins our legal panel on how one judge just decided to deal with that woman. >> what do you accomplished with a deceased mother with the grim reaper and a daughter with the skull and crossbones. >> personal satisfaction because it rubs her [beep] raw. it rubs her raw for me to make fun of her dead daughter on that tape. everyone has someone to go heart healthy for. who's your someone? campbell's healthy request can help. low cholesterol, zero grams trans fat, and a healthy level of sodium. it's amazing what soup can do. crisp, clear, untouched. that's why there's brita, to make the water we drink, taste a little more, perfect. re
you, everybody. >> well, that was, of course, president obama giving a press conference on the budget with some of the conversation about what's happening in the middle east. i'm joined right now by savannah guthrie, nbc news white house correspondent. also, david corn of david jones, and of course, andrea mitchell of the "andrea mitchell reports" which is coming up at 1:00. she's, of course, nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent. let's all go, first of all, savannah, if this were high school or even middle school, i think the president was saying, darers go first. you want entitlements, either i cut them or you cut them. >> he's saying, meet me at the table. i think when you the take a step back and look at what they were trying to accomplish here, the message seemed to be, patience, everybody. this is a two-step process. this budget gets the current spending under control. we'll attack the larger issues, the elephant in the room, as we talked about, the entitlements at some later time. but everything he did seemed to be geared toward this audience of independence, harkening back
new hope for a bart extension into san jose all thanks to a boost from the feds. president obama's budget allocates $130 million this year and sharon chin explains where all that money would go. >> reporter: construction plans to extend bart from this southernmost station in fremont to berryessa stay right on track thanks to a grant from the federal government. >> it's great news, getting a full funding grant agreement will allow us to move ahead. >> reporter: the federal transit administration has recommended the long-awaited bart extension get $130 million in federal funding this year. that's a big step in later securing an additional $900 million in federal money so the line can open in 2018. some regular bart riders look forward to the south bay expansion. >> i don't have a vehicle. so i think it's great. >> it means beating the traffic. because i know it's congested on those freeways. >> reporter: federal transit officials' recommendation for funding is an about-face from 2000 when they refused to recommend money for bart's extension, in 2004. the project was said to be too
house put out its budget for 2012, president obama trying to prove the best defense is a good offense. the president holding a news conference to defend his $3.7 trillion plan in the wake of very bad first day reviews. >> we owe the american people a government that lives within its means while still investing in our future in areas like education, innovation and infrastructure that will help us attract new jobs and businesses to our shores. >> republicans with a very different read of his proposal. >> the republicans will not punt. everything is on the table. and we will put forward a budget that deals with the big challenges that face our country. >> the gop accusing the president of putting, punting on the biggest drivers of spending. entitle meths like social security, medicare and medicaid. listen how speaker boehner responded. >> i'll let the budget committee do their work but i have no doubts that all of these issues will be on the table. >> was that speaker boehner punting or is that just a handoff? the truth is that neither side has yet put out a plan that tracks our long run
released budget. he was going to go after obama, he was going to make headlines, going to score big political points today. so john boehner purposely sought out the press, gathered everybody around him, and then this is what he said to the cameras. >> over the last two years since president obama has taken office, the federal government has added 200,000 new federal jobs, and if some of those jobs are lost in this, so be it. >> so be it. this is evidence for the john boehner is bad at his job hypothesis for a few reasons. first, what he said today is not true. while everybody should avoid making statements that aren't true whenever possible, if your job title is speaker of the house, you should really avoid making statements that aren't true. >> since president obama has taken office, the federal government has added 200,000 new federal jobs. >> not true. total, utter, 100% bull pucky. according to bureau of labor statistics which keeps track of these things, darn bureau, when he came into office there were 2.7 million federal employees. there are now 2.8 million employees. that wou
. >> it's mysterious. she'll be in court today. president obama is reaching across the aisle today inviting house republicans to lunch at the white house. molly henneberg is live in d.c. with the details. molly, what's happening with this? >> good morning. well, president obama will meet with senior advisors this morning and with secretary of state hillary clinton this afternoon. but in between that, he has a political power lunch, the president will host the top three republicans in the house of representatives. house speaker john boehner, majority leader eric cantor and majority whip kevin mccarthy. these two sides, the president and the house -- and the house republicans, you know, they frequently don't see eye to eye, for example, the house already has voted in a largely symbolic move to overturn the president's signature health care overhaul legislation and likely to take future steps to defund it. the white house gave a preview of this lunch meeting yesterday. here's more. >> i think that the president looks forward to discussing all issues foreign and domestic. obviously,
later. the story was about the art council putting out obama propaganda. they were using artists to go out in the community and then we had the proof and then he resigned and it kind of went away. that is happening again, but in a different way. tonight we'll explain. after all the talk of the regular average jeffersonian egyptian that had enough of mubarak, after all the networks just cheered and clapped at the blossoming democracy, after the media led you to believe this is a spontaneous uprising, today egypt is waking up under military rule. so far the military has zofld the parliament and suspended the constitution. plus military and police officials are clearing out the remaining protestors in cairo's tarir square and putting a ban on all strikes and ban on all strikes. you don't think the unions are involved? tell me media how do you think the average egyptian feels to be free today? i'm not saying getting rid of mubarak was a bad thing. he had an abysmal human rights record but this slogan as we should have found out before, the slogan of barack obama now being used all over the
obama condemning moammar gadhafi's attacks on protesters and his vow to execute his enemies. the unrest, the violence and the threats exploding in libya this week. gadhafi acting and sounding as defiant and as dangerous as ever. the libyan leader appeared yesterday before seemingly supportive crowds in tripoli where his opponents have been largely scared off the streets. but outside the capitol opposition forces have been gaining ground moving closer and closer to gadhafi's power center. cnn's senior international correspondent ben wedeman is one of the few reporters inside libya. he's been in the midst of the protests in libya's second largest city benghazi. [ chant [ speaking in foreign language ] ♪ si [ chanting in foreign language ] >> reporter: this demonstration in benghazi gives you an idea of the passion of the people of this city, the passion of so many libyans who have been thirsting for 42 years for this sort of opportunity, the chance to express themselves freely. [ chanting in foreign language ] >> reporter: we arrived in this city. and from the beginning, everywhere we w
, news 4, back to you. >> thank you, darcy. >>> president barack obama is facing some difficult budget decisions that could affect medicare, medicaid and social security benefits for millions of americans. the president says he's willing to work with republicans on entitlement programs. but his newly released budget does not include several major recommendations from a special budget commission. one of the big omissions involves the call for massive reform of social security. including gradual retirement age increase to the age of 69, in the year 2075. that's up from the current range of 65 to 67 years. steve handelsman joins us now with more on the budget battle. he's on capitol hill. steve? >> thanks, good evening. in the big news conference, president obama complained that too many people want too much too fast on this. he said before we can take a big bite out of our big budget problem, our big deficit problem, our big problem with debt, we've got to take small steps that he said will teach democrats and republicans here on capitol hill to work better together. buffetted by a storm
the why behind this and why the congressional caucus and black caucus are upset about president obama's budget proposals as they stand today. >>> now want to turn to this. a massive sex scandal involving italian prime minister silvio berlusconi is taking a major legal step forward. a judge has ordered berlusconi to stand fliel what could be a quick prosecution with no tribunal or preliminary hearings. nbc's peter alexander is following the story live in london. peter? >> reporter: hey, richard, good morning to you. so all this stems from allegations that berlusconi paid for sex with a 17-year-old nightclub dancer and then tried to cover it up. the italian prime minister who, by the way, is 74, has denied doing anything wrong. he calls the charges disgusting and disgraceful. be very clear, today's indictment is the worst of three possible outcomes for berlusconi. really does, as you note, speed up this entire process. a trial is already set for april 6. consider that, just 50 days away. and a panel will consist of three female judges hearing this case. prosecutors allege that berluscon
couple and their daughter. >>> tomorrow president obama will roll out his 2012 budget but the political fighting is already under way. republicans say the president is not cutting enough, but the gop is not fighting the president. they are fighting each other over the bottom line. brian mohr. >> reporter: president obama is about to unveil his 2012 budget, it would slash $1 trillion in spending over a decade. >> this budget asks washington to live within its means while at the same time investing in our future. >> republicans say investing is code for spending. >> this isn't winning the future. this is spending the future. >> reporter: the president is calling for cuts in the forestry service to low-income heating service and community organizers like he used to be. >> the notion we can do this painlessly is not possible. we are going to make tough choices. >> reporter: the $1 trillion in spending cuts is far short of the $4 trillion his bipartisan deficit commission suggested. >> presidents are elected to lead not punt. this president has been punting. >> reporter: the republicans figh
. >>> president obama will hold a news conferences at 11:00 a.m. eastern. you can see is here on cnn and likely talk about his 2012 budget unveiled yesterday and cut into many programs but with the aim of getting us at least to hack about a trillion dollars off the budget. >>> this morning, we are talking about your wallet and your world. we are following two major stories. prices are rising. food, clothing and appliances, just about everything you buy is about to cost more. then more protests ripple across the arab world. more violence erupts. two of the targeted regimes are u.s. allies. a third a u.s. foe and all could have a direct bearing on the united states. >>> we begin this hour with developing news just minutes ago, the white house announced that president obama will hold a morning news conference and comes one day after releasing his proposed budget and amid rises tide and protests and violence sweeping through the arab world. we have a preview with cnn's indicate bolduan at the white house. >> we did find out a short time ago that the president will be holding a press conference at 1
ahmadinejad today called the protests a western conspiracy. in washington, president obama sided with the demonstrators and accused iran of hypocrisy. >> i find it ironic you have the iranian regime pretending to celebrate what happened in egypt, when, in fact, they have acted in direct contrast to what happened to egypt by gunning down and beating a people who were trying to express themselves peacefully in iran. >> reporter: but it's not just iran. revolts are spreading across the region, including to u.s. allies. in bahrain, base of the u.s. navy's fifth fleet, protesters clashed with security forces for a second day. two demonstrators have been killed, including one shot at a funeral. the king of bahrain said he would investigate the shootings. bahrain has already promised to pay every family in the country $3,000. a gift from the kingdom. yemen, a poor country on the tip of the arabian peninsula can't afford such beneficence. small but relatively violent protests continued in yemen for a fifth day today. like in egypt, yemen's demonstrators want to topple their president of
's the obama budget and the political battle of the year this morning jack lou, the president's budget director, defends the proposal. plus the egypt effect is sparking new violence in iran as thousands of protesters hit the streets. >>> this morning italian prime minister has been ordered to stand trial for trying to cover up a lurid sex scandal. it's tuesday, february 15th, 2011. i'm chuck todd. all sex scandals are lurid. >> if not, what's the point? good morning, everyone. i'm savannah guthrie. we'll get to the rundown and we'll start with breaking news president obama has scheduled a news conference for late this morning. he'll be talking about the budget among other things. >> we're expecting him to come out at 11:00 to defend his plan in person 24 hours after he released it. atheena, there was no press briefing scheduled today. that should have been the first tip, right? >> it should have been a sign. we heard administration officials say yesterday that it really was just the opening bid. a long fight ahead. a debate about the size and scope of the government. the classic debate really b
he treats women and the way women are treated in italian society. >>> president barack obama unveils his any federal budget tomorrow. most of the details are still under wraps, but the white house says it will cut deficits by $1.1 thrill onover the next ten years. he plans a five-year freeze on nonsecurity discretionary spending for a savings of $400 billion. he 'also proposing $100 billion in cuts to the pell grant program. we have the full story straight ahead. >>> the head of a grocery store change in the western united states has resigned after being arrested on child prostitution charges. he was ceo of sunflower farmers' market and founded wild oats market which was later sold to whole foods. he's accused of soliciting sexy a girl who identified herself as a minor. police say he drove to a phoenix hotel to have sex. the ultimate buzz killer just hit hugh hefner's playboy mansion. the health department is investigating if the mansion is linked to the illnesses of about 100 people symptoms included fever, violent headaches, and breathing problems. some of the sick have already bee
obama awarded the medal of freedom to 15 people including gene kennedy smith, sam musial, yo yo ma and former president george h.w. bush. >> with the steady diplomatic hand of president bush that made impossible an achievement once thought impossible. ending the cold war without firing a shot. >> the medal of freedom is the nation's highest for a civilian. mr. bush cited over 70 years of public service. that's one of the things he talked about, he started that service in world war ii. those are your headlines. >> congratulations to everybody. >> congressional lawmakers breaking out the red pens this morning proposing major changes to the president's new budget proposal. peter doocy is live in washington with the latest. peter? >> brian, that's right. even though congress is still trying to figure out how to fund the government for the rest of 2011, president obama has sent his man from the white house office of management and budget, jack lew over to capitol hill to defend his suggested budget for 2012 and that's a perfecty tall order because so many in congress especially the ne
obama stepped up the pressure on pakistan to release raymond davis, he's an american diplomat who's been jailed since he sot and killed two pakistani men in january. as david martin reports, the case has strain it had relationship between two partners in the war on terror. >> reporter: facing a possible death sentence, raymond davis has been catapulted catapult frn obscure job at the american embassy in pakistan to the center of a diplomatic meltdown with a critical ally. now the president has been dragged in. >> if our diplomats are in another country, then they are not subject to that country's local prosecution. >> reporter: davis is protected by a long-standing treaty which grants diplomats in foreign countries immunity from local laws. but he has been held in a pakistani jail for nearly three weeks since gunning down two men who apparently tried to rop him. the u.s. says it was self-defense. a local police call it cold-blooded murder and outraged pakistanis want davis hanged. >> it doesn't matter whether he was a diplomat or not. a murder is a murder and a murderer is a murderer. >>
house, president obama spoke out against the violence today and spoke up for the libyan people. >> the suffering and bloodshed is outrageous. and it is unacceptable. so are threats and orders to shoot peaceful protesters and further punish the people of libya. these actions violate international norms and every standard of common decency. this violence must stop. the change that is taking place across the region is being driven by the people of the region. this change doesn't represent the work of the united states or any foreign power. it represents the aspirations of people who are seeking a better life. as one libyan said, we just want to be able to live like human beings. we just want to be able to live like human beings. it is the most basic of aspirations. that is driving this change, and throughout this time of transition, the united states will continue to stand up for freedom, stand up for justice, and stand up for the dignity of all people. >> president obama today. but keeping them honest, the u.s. and europe has a lot to answer for in its willingness to turn a blind
with the republicans, and by the time barak obama ran for president, they got more, but the price of that was a betrayal of the working class that traditionally the democratic party and liberal institutions had once protected. our great failure for those of us who care about ordinary, the rights of ordinary citizens is that in 1994 with the passage of nafta, we did not stand up for the working class and turn our back on the democratic party. we continued to support democratic politicians who spoke in the traditional language of liberalism, but betrayed every single core liberal value. welfare reform, we now face the prospect with this new midterm election of unemployment benefit s for tens of millions of citizens running out or being allowed to run up without being extended which will mean that many of these people will have to attempt to survive on the $143 a month you receive from welfare curtesy of the democratic party. the deregulation of the banking system, the deregulation of the fcc, i just spent the fall teaching at the university of toronto, and they don't have a banking
of suspected burglars. >>> this morning, some heavy reading for lawmakers after president obama releases his $3 trillion budget plans. >>> and a nice valentine's day surprise. very mild weather, but tom kierein says watch out for that wind. "news 4 midday" begins right now. >>> good morning and happy valentine's day. welcome to "news 4 midday," i'm barbara harrison. it's monday, february 14th, 2011. >>> and we begin this morning with a police shoot-out in northwest d.c. this is exclusive home video of police cornering a burglary suspect. in the end, one of those suspects was killed, another injured after the late-night incident. it all started with a call about a home invasion at 12th and irving streets northeast. news 4's tracee wilkins has been on the scene all morning and has the latest for us. >> reporter: d.c. police are still on the scene here, investigating this homicide from last night after a shoot-out between suspects and police. this as one of the suspects is brought back to the scene. >> reporter: around 9:00 a.m., police brought one of the burglary suspects back out to the scene of
yearned for a role in shaping the future of syria. she asked president barack obama to do more to support the palestinian cause. this is another side ofofhe crackdown on opposition in syria. >> and big debt problems in communities across germany. the debt has risen dramatically. despite an economic rebound, and german towns and cities broad anfar wer revenu las year and then they spent. it rose to nearly 10 billion euros, the largest in post-war history. >> like many other cities in germany, frankfurt is struggling to make ends meet. the economy is booming but spending is on the rise. basic social costs are a heavy burden. >> let's take a look at my city. our basic social spending was 19 million euros in 2010. it was 27.5 million euros in 2005. >> off and cultural services are the first to go. >> in recent yearswe had to close theaters. there even discussion about closing the museum. so the cost-cutting measures are getting tougher. municipalities are raisingq locl fees to increase revenues. and even the dogs tax is set to increase. there is a summary from the frankfurt stock exexange. f
. >>> today president obama fired back at critics who say his proposed budget for 2012 does not do enough to reduce the deficit fmplts he said the spending plan would stop running up the charges on our national credit card. and it could pave the way to a bipartisan deal to cut entitlements, such as medicare. steve handelsman has the lacest. >> reporter: buffetted by a storm of criticism, president obama defended his new plan to cut the deficit. >> we're not going to be running up the credit card anymore. that's important. and that's hard to do. >> reporter: he admits he would use a scalpel, not a machete, to cut some discretionary programs. the spending in green, not the big wedge in yellow, entitlements, social security and especially medicare and medicaid, all headed deep into the red. the president's own deficit commission demanded entitlements be cut immediately. the "washington post" calls the obama approach a punt, essentially giving up. house speaker john boehner demanded entitlement cuts this year. >> republicans will not punt. everything's on the table. >> reporter: president oba
of their leader who like hosni mubarak has been leadership for 30 years. first, the obama administration has called for political reform in yemen. but the volume is rather lower when it speaks to iran. >> "bbc world news" washington. >> catching up with sports news. chelsea? >> no. spent over $100 million in the january transfer and now wondering if they kept their receipt, because both players they signed drew nil-nil with following in the primary league. british's most expensive player, fernando still looking for his first goal at his new club. cost over $80 million. now played two games without finding the net. >> well, it could have been much worse. chelsea's signing of david luis gave away a penalty, but all in all another disappointing night for the chelsea manager. >> the performer was good. we are not happy for the result, obviously. but the performance, i think the second was really good. we showed a good play. we showed players are if it and in good condition. we were not able to score. but sometimes it can happen. don't be lucky and we will try again tonight. >> doesn't look like
they're fed up with the way he treats women and women treated in italian society. >>> president obama tomorrow unveils the budget for 2012. most is still under wraps but says it will cut def sicits by 1 $1.1 trillion over the next 10 years and reveals a savings of $400 billion, also proposing $100 billion in cuts to the pell grant program. the full story trading ahead. >>> the head of a grocery store chain in the western united states has been arrested on prostitution charges. michael gilliland is accused of solicits sex from a girl who identified herself as a minor. police say he set up a meeting with her online and drove to a phoenix hotel to have sex. >>> the ultimate buzz killer just hit hugh hefner's playboy mansion to see if it is linked to the illnesses of about 100 people. they became sick after attending a fund-raiser, symptoms included fever, violent headaches and breathing problems and some diagnosed with a mild form of legionnaires' disease. >>> boeing has unveiled the latest version of the 747 passenger jet, designed to be quieter and more fuel efficient than previous ver
at the history of how the deals get done. typically it is not because there is an obama plan out there. it is because democrats and test republicans are not proposed to do this. there are fewer tax breaks for oil and gas federals and education and transportation, and the things that the president says and it is clearly obvious are necessary to win the future. and now, carl has the latest response from republicans and then mike at the white house. the budget is taking hits from all side and saying in the media, you are just impatient. what else did he say? you asked him about the job creation aspect. >> thank you is right and he says there is plenty for job creation but a lot of the job creation businesses say the tax hikes have them concerned making energy more expensive and replenishing the state unemployment funds so i asked the president about job creation and essentially he say things are negotiable. take a listen. >> there will be significant disagreements about what people think is important and that is how democracy should work and ... at the margins, i think i'll have to compro
in that country. >>> president obama sends congress his 2012 budget plan tomorrow. a proposal that includes more than $1 trillion in cuts. that may sound like a lot but republicans are saying it falls short. nbc's mike viqueira is at the white house to tell us more about this. mike, good evening. >> reporter: good evening. there's been a bipartisan calm over the capital since last year and lasting through the crisis in egypt. but with big budget and spending fights looming next week, all that is about to change. even as the obama budget was being readied for release this weekend the president warned it will reveal some painful choices on spending. >> it cuts what we can't afford to pay for what we cannot do without. that's what families do in hard times. and that's what our country has to do as well. >> reporter: today, top officials said the plan will put a dent in now record debt and deficits. >> we have a responsible budget that will cut in half the deficit by the end of the president's first term. >> reporter: the plan would freeze domestic spending for five years, slash $78 billion of milit
's going to vote for barack obama. the administration basically killed the project and went to the air force and said why don't you do it again? guess what, a swing state gets all those jobs. we want to know why america is dysfunctional economically? all you have to do is look at this sleazy story. "the mississippi sun herald" a much different reaction to boeing getting the contract. from the gulf coast, the european-based country competing for the deal was building inii tankers out of alabama. mike? >> "new york post," showç stopper, cbs has canceled the remaining season of "two and a half men" after charlie sheen attacked his employers in a radio show, calling the show's executive producer a clown, among other things. we'll play you that riveting radio interview. >> that is painful. >> you know, richard, we're going to be talking this morning as are a lot of people about the investigation based on "the race" article with the psy-ops. you say this is the story in afghanistan. >> the other story is a distraction. there's rogue generals who maybe go too far, what have you. i don't kn
>>> this morning on "world news now" -- budget battle. president obama will unveil his new budget later today. >> what the president intends to cut and how republicans are now responding. it is monday, february 14th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> we're looking good here. we are in the spirit. look at us. >> can you tell what today is? >> yes. >> happy valentine's day. good morning. thanks for being with us. i'm vinita nair. >> i'm rob nelson. all eyes will be on washington where the president will announce his 2012 budget and calls for $1 trillion in cuts over the next decade. we'll have a look at where those cuts might come from. another political battle brewing on capitol hill for sure. >>> today, a story getting a lot of buzz and probably a lot of late night comics getting jokes. serious outbreak at the playboy mansion. after a party there, dozens of guests came down with something. now health officials want to know what it is. >> what could possibly spread at the playboy mansion? interesting. we'll find that out. >>> in a special insomniac theater w
obama's press secretary robert gibbs says that the president told mubarak that his people, the egyptians are not going to be satisfied waiting too much longer for elections and secretary of state hillary clinton said basically the same thing to the new egyptian v.p. omar suleiman that the transition needs to begin now. state department made it clear yesterday they do not have a horse in the race for who will take over in egypt. listen. >> this is not our process. this is not our list. we do not have a favorite candidate or candidates. we are not going to anoint any successor to president mubarak. these are decisions to be made by the egyptian people as part of a transition that occurs in egypt. our point is this transition, this process to fundamental change needs to begin now. >> and chairman of the joint chiefs, admiral mike mullin spoke with his egyptian counterpart yesterday and said that he hopes their military can keep things under control. we also heard from the leaders of some other powerful countries yesterday, france, germany, britain, italy and spain said in a joint statement
of president barack obama as transportation budget. >> mark: out of egypt and the egyptian government ask the united states to freeze assets of the egyptians. in the meantime there former president is becoming a missing person. he has all but banishevanished. a committee out appointed by the military to amend the constitution says the new document will be temporary until democratic rule is that established. protests are going through middle east countries. this is a this scene iniran, they're calling for death. tens of thousands of people turned out for this rally in solidarity with egypt. it was the first show of strength from the opposition. >> darya: yemen protesters are scuffling with police. the demonstrators are demanding political reform and a white u.s. president to leave, meantime hillary clinton is making of policy address today, she will warm repressive states that curbs on internet freedom will not hold back reform. that there is no application for ending online repression. she says regimes that clampdown on internet usage will not be able to see what's been changed forever. >
've just heard from congressional republicans and they're saying mr. obama isn't even getting close to what needs to be done. take a listen to this. >> and so what did we just get today? we got a punt. the president punted on the budget, and he punted on the deficit and on the debt. that's not leadership. that's an add vocation of leadership. >> let me lay this out for you. this year the federal deficit is running at $1.65 trillion. the budget the president just sent to congress would trim it down to $1.1 trillion, a big reason it shrinks, no new extension of the bush tax cuts. another reason? spending cuts. take a look, cuts to the pell grant program, $8 billion, cuts to heat subsidies for the poor, cuts to housing and community development and as you probably know already, the president is talking about a five-year freeze on most nonsecurity spending. >>> in a number of places the budget actually goes up, but an overall boost in pentagon spending is seen as a prelude to cuts down the road. as for education and energy, they're clearly among the president's top priorities. here's mr. obama
to help you in any way. >> do news now. >>> president obama will meet with senate democratic leadership to discuss his 2012 budget proposal. yesterday, the president denied that he is ignoring the view of his own deficit commission which said entitlement programs must be slashed. >> the notion that it's been shelved is incorrect. it still provides a framework for a conversation. i mean, part of the challenge here is this town, let's face it, you guys are pretty impatient. if something doesn't happen today, then the assumption is it's just not going to happen. right? i've had this conversation for the last two years about every single issue that we've worked on. >> dr. sachs, even the chairman of his deficit commission said he ignored the deficit commission. erskine bowles. >> again, i think there are a few big things here. social security, first of all. that's not the big deal in the deficit. when it comes to, quote, unquote entitlements, it's the health care costs that are the big issue. >> medicare, medicaid. >> we have the most expensive health care system in the world because of the
, first from fox this tuesday night, president obama holding a surprise news conference to defend his 2012 spending plans. as republicans accuse him of punting on big three budget busters. social security, medicare, and medicaid. the president says he is willing to take the plunge and go after those programs if republicans will jump off the cliff with him. >> this is not a matter of you go first or i go first. this is a matter of everybody having a serious conversation about where we want to go and then ultimately getting in that boat at the same time so it doesn't tip over. and i think that can happen. >> shepard: but the way the process works, the president does go first. he has already sent his budget to congress. house republicans won't release their plan until march or april. for now, they're not offering any details, but they are promising they will not punt. >> we will put forward a budget that deals with the big challenges that face our country. >> specifically, social security and medicare? >> i'm going to let paul ryan and the budget committee do their work but i have no doubts t
at news 4. tomorrow, president obama will roll out his 2012 budget. the budget includes more than $1 trillion in spending cuts over the next decade. those cuts are a lot less than the $4 trillion suggested by the president's own bipartisan deficit reduction commission. republicans say that the cuts do not go deep enough. >>> also, starting tomorrow you might want to leave the house early if you plan on using one woodbridge commuter line. the lot just south of potomac mills mall will only have 275 spaces available now. there used to be 1,000 there. the mall needs those parking spaces because it's adding more shops and restaurants. that lot sits on private land owned by the mall. >>> and thousands won't have to worry about finding parking this week. this is national telework week. an effort to get agencies and workers to go green. that means many will be working from home this week. teleworking saves companies money, reduces commuter costs, and helps people balance work and personal lives. according to the official site for national telework week, more than 36,000 people have pledged t
not in the public sector but also in the private sector. >> president obama, vice president biden and this wives are hosting governors from both parties at the white house this hour. michelle obama is peeking at the news confence right now. the state leaders are in washington for the winter meeting, and the governor's budget problems, you can bet, that's top of the agenda. >>> the government shuts down at the end of the week unless congress approves another temporary spending measure. democrats are suggesting they may go along with the republican plan. it would fund the government for two more weeks but cut $4 billion in spending. >>> now to outer space. yes, we even go there. two "discovery" astronauts have just started their first of two space walks. steve bowen and alvin drew plan to be out there for about 6 1/2 hours today doing a bit of maintenance. this is shuttle "discovery's" last vilt to the space station. it is being retired when it comes down. >> jack and jill went up the hill. >> little tommy -- >> hollywood krounded "the king's speech's" the best movie at last night's academy awards
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